Starting with a magnitude-6.5 quake on April 14, a series of major earthquakes have hit the central Kumamoto area of Japan, causing deaths, injuries and widespread damage to the area's residences and infrastructure. As aftershocks continue, tens of thousands of people have moved into evacuation centers which are doing their best to support the evacuees' needs.
Here is a list of info for people in the area and ways you can help the survivors.
The center is offering shelter to non-Japanese residents, plus multilingual translation assistance.
Lost touch with someone? Find them here or register your whereabouts.
Japan's three major carriers are participating.
Line Out allows free domestic calls for up to 10 minutes.
Multiple charities are accepting donations to go toward various forms of aid and support. Please consult the organizations' FAQs carefully before donating. The Japan Times has no official relationship with any of these organizations.
- Association for Aid and Relief, Japan
- Civic Force (Japanese language)
- Global Giving
- Japanese Red Cross donation (Japanese language)
- Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Bitcoin Relief Fund
- Second Harvest Kumamoto Earthquake Relief
- Support Peace Winds America
- The Nippon Foundation (Japanese language)
- Yahoo Japan donation (Japanese language)
Other ways to show show your support
Kumamoto Prefecture's official flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo, has been swamped with customers since the quake, as Tokyoites have sought to demonstrate their support for the quake-hit prefecture by buying Kumamoto produce.